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Tips for a Peaceful Holiday Family Gathering

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Tis the season when many of us are getting together with both our immediate and extended family to celebrate the holidays. While this is supposed to be a fun time that is full of joy and shared memories, all of us are painfully aware that whenever a family gathers, there’s always a chance that an argument will break out.

While you might not be able to completely prevent family discourse over the holidays, there are some things you can do that will help you maintain the peace during gatherings.

Know Your Limits

Before getting together with your family for the holidays, take a few moments to access your mental and emotional health. Are you in a good state of mind or do you feel like it wouldn’t take much to push you over the edge? Take another moment to determine how much time you can spend with your family before you find your emotions starting to unravel. Commit yourself to only spending that amount of time at the gathering before you make your excuses and leave. Don’t be afraid to leave early if your family becomes too much. It’s far easier to apologize for leaving early than it is to apologize for getting into a massive argument with your siblings.

Don’t Bring Up Old Problems

Treat this family gathering as a blank slate. Old arguments, complaints, and other issues should be pushed aside and allowed to rest. If you have a problem with how a relative has treated you in the past, try to avoid that particular relative at this particular gathering. Once the holidays are over, you can always call them and try to resolve the issue.

Evaluate Your Attitude

You may not be able to do much about your cranky uncle or bickering parents, but you can do something about your attitude. Instead of approaching the family gathering with a chip on your shoulder, convince yourself to be tolerant and cheerful. This is one of those fake it until you make it situations, when you’re cheerful, even when you’re forcing yourself to be, you’ll notice others respond positively to you. Before you know it, your good attitude will have shifted the gathering’s entire atmosphere and everyone will be having a good time.

 

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2 New Tax Laws You Should Know About for 2022

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Nothing stays the same and taxes are no exception. Every single year, the IRS changes things up. It’s in your best interest to take a few minutes and review the new tax laws for 2022 that will come into play when you work on your 2021 tax return so you’ll know if they’re going to significantly impact your ability to successfully file a tax return. The sooner you look at the new tax laws, the more time you have to make adjustments before you’re required to submit your return on April 15.

Depending on your situation, there are two major new tax laws that could significantly alter the results of your 2021 tax return.

Child Tax Credit

The 2022 tax law change that will have the biggest impact on most Americans is a change the IRS has made to the child tax credit. It’s anticipated that this particular change will positively impact about 90% of the Americans who currently claim a standard deduction.

One of the biggest changes in IRS history is how the IRS started sending the child tax credit to qualifying families each month. It made a big difference to some families who were struggling to make ends meet.

The issue you may not be aware of is that the monthly credit could significantly impact how much you owe when you file your taxes in 2022. Anyone who received monthly child tax credits throughout 2021 will receive a Letter 6419 from the IRS that will provide detailed information about the payments you received and help you understand how this will impact you when you file your 2021 tax return.

Changes to Charitable Donations

In the past, you had to itemize all of your charitable contributions if you were using them for a tax break. One of the big changes is that you now can deduct up to $300 in cash donations that you made to registered non-profit organizations. No itemization is needed.

While you don’t have to itemize your cash donations when filing your 2021 tax return, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. If you made more than $300 in cash donations, taking the time to itemize means you can claim those donations for up to 100% of their adjusted gross income. This is a huge change since the deduction has previously been limited to just 60%.

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Writing Bad Checks in California

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We’ve all had a situation where we didn’t have as much money in our accounts as we thought we did. This can result in a bounced check. As soon as we find out about our mistake we contact the people/business and banks involved in the issue and try to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. Resolving the matter not only usually means covering the original cost with a good check, but also paying some substantial bank overdraft fees.

That situation is completely different from cases that involve writing bad checks. What sets writing an accidental bad check apart from writing a bad check which results in you facing criminal charges is your knowledge about the amount of money you had in the bank at the time you were writing the check.

Making a mistake about the amount of money you have in your account is not a crime in California. Writing a check when you know you don’t have enough money to cover it is a criminal act and will likely be prosecuted.

Cases involving bad checks have changed during the past twenty years. They have actually become harder to defend. In the past, it was believable that a person might think that they had 200 dollars in their checking account when there was only $100 available. Often this happened when they had forgotten about another check they’d written or when a deposit hadn’t yet cleared. These days, banks have mobile apps that allow clients to check exactly how much money is in the checking account at any time of the day. The ability to instantly check the amount of funds available makes it harder to claim ignorance.

Writing bad checks is a wobbler offense. Whether the matter is treated as a misdemeanor or felony depends on the size of the check you wrote. If the amount is more than $950, the case becomes a felony.

A misdemeanor conviction for writing bad checks in California carries a maximum sentence of a year in a county jail and/or a $1,000 fine. The maximum sentence for the felony conviction of this crime is three years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine. It isn’t unusual for community service and probation to be part of the sentence in these types of cases.

Criminal charges for writing bad checks might be only part of your legal headaches. In these situations, the victim will often file charges in civil court where they can not only seek restitution for the entire amount of the bad check as well as an additional $1,500.

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Not Knowing about a Warrant Is Pretty Common

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Not Knowing about a Warrant Is Pretty Common

Many people are surprised to learn that other people might not be aware of a warrant being issued for their arrest. These people wonder how someone could not know of something so important. However, when you think about it, it actually makes sense.

The police don’t notify a person when a warrant has been issued. If they did, they would just arrest the individual. This is why it is actually very common for a person to not be aware of a warrant for their arrest being issued.

Luckily, there is a way for people to check to see if there is a warrant out for their arrest. They can usually go to their local court or police station and check. However, there are many counties out there that will arrest an individual on the spot if it turns out they do have an outstanding warrant. This has led to many people seeking help from third parties, such as bail bond companies.

The third party can check for a warrant without the fear of getting arrested since the warrant is not for them. Here at Carls Bail Bonds, we provide free warrant checks for everyone. If you think that there may be a warrant out for your arrest, just give one of our agents your name, birthday, and the county where the warrant may have been issued. We can use that info to check and see if there is indeed a warrant out for your arrest.

If there is no warrant, you are free to go. If there is a warrant, we might be able to work with you to ready a bail bond. This way, you will be able to turn yourself in for the warrant, and then immediately be bail out. You will only have to be in jail long enough to be booked into jail.

If you think that there may be a warrant out for your arrest, just talk to the professionals here at Carls Bail Bonds. We will help put your mind at ease and check for you. The warrant check is completely free, all you have to do is talk to one of our agents.

Get your free warrant check now by calling (866) 855-3186 or by clicking Chat With Us now.

When Can a Person Bail Out of Jail?

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When Can a Person Bail Out of Jail?

Thanks to the way bail is portrayed on television, many people have little to no understanding of how it actually works. Some people are under the impression that they can bail a loved one out of jail at any time. They do not realize that there is actually a window of opportunity when a person is actually bailable. Once that window closes, the person cannot be released from jail.

The average person is only bailable during their trial period. This is the time from when the person is arrested to when the person is either found innocent or guilty. After a person has been sentenced, they can no longer bail out of jail.

The other version of the question: when a person can be bailed out of jail, is at what time of day can a person be bailed out? This depends on the bail bond company itself. Here at Carls Bail Bonds, we can bail people out of jail 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call us at any time, and we will begin working for you right away.

A person can be bailed out of jail at any time with Carls Bail Bonds, so long as the person has not yet been sentenced. Once the person has been sentenced, they are stuck in jail until they have served their sentence.

If you need to bail someone out of jail, you can do that at any time. All you have to do is talk to the caring and professional bail agents here at Carls Bail Bonds. Our agents will get to work for you as soon as you talk to them, no matter what time it may be.

For a free consultation, just click Chat With Us or call (866) 855-3186 now.

Catch Up and Get Ahead on Bail Bond Payments Using Your Tax Return

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We hope you have not gone and spent all the money you got from your tax return already. This money can be used toward that bail bond you are paying off. You should consider doing so if you find that you are close to falling behind on payments, or if your finances are spread a little thin.

Whether it is a bail bond for yourself or a loved one, if you are paying for it, you should definitely categorize this with your priority payments like rent and utilities. Although you do have the custom payment plan, and Carls Bail Bonds is accommodating and flexible, it does not mean that it is okay to fall behind on payments. Carls Bail Bonds worked with you on a payment plan tailored to your financial situation. Now you need to stay on track with this plan.

Applying the money you received from your tax return on your payments is a responsible decision. In fact, even if you are not falling behind on payments, you can still set aside this money for your remaining payments. Plan ahead. This will make the situation less stressful.

Keep in contact with your Carls Bail Bonds agent, as they will help keep you on track. They are here to make this bail situation as fast and stress-free as possible. They are on your side, so reach out to them anytime you have a question or a concern.

Carls Bail Bonds can be reached 24/7, both online, and at (866) 855-3186.